44 Magnum: Taurus Raging Bull v S&W 629 v Ruger SRH v Colt Anaconda?


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el Godfather
March 16, 2012, 05:16 PM
Dear THR,
I want to know which of the following DA revolvers do you prefer:
-Taurus Raging Bull
-S&W 629
-Ruger Super Redhawk
-Colt Anaconda

If you have had experience with these do let me know.

Thank

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drunkensobriety
March 16, 2012, 06:48 PM
Wow, right now the classic 629 gets no love. I like the 629 - I'd just rather have the Ruger, it's just as accurate (arguably, after a trigger job) but will last a lot longer and I can throw *anything* in there. Smiths have great triggers but they're a bit daintier.

2zulu1
March 16, 2012, 08:17 PM
My M629/6.5" Classic shot a sub 1" group at 31 meters, extremely smooth DA action is a pleasure to shoot.

I no longer load for maximum MVs, an extra 150fps 'might' gain an extra 1/2" of penetration, which means a 210gr JHP running in the 1500s is plenty for soft tissue penetration IMHO. :)

GP100man
March 16, 2012, 08:37 PM
SRH pure hunter !!! & the weight tames the 44 to a tolerable level so ya can get in a good amount of practice/load development !!!

trapper500
March 16, 2012, 09:27 PM
Ruger super redhawk

Starter52
March 16, 2012, 09:30 PM
The Colt Anaconda, except that a used Anaconda will cost you 2x the price of the other guns listed. The Colt Anaconda is a good gun, but not at twice the price of the Ruger.

danjet500
March 16, 2012, 10:43 PM
No experience with the Taurus or the SRH but I do have three DA .44 magnums
to choose from. I enjoy shooting the Colt the most. It's a little more muzzle heavy than the other two and doesn't seem to recoil as hard. The Redhawk has the best trigger and will take the heaviest loads. And I enjoy the 29 because it looks like a DA revolver should.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc240/DansCobra/Guns/BigThree001.jpg

Tomcat47
March 16, 2012, 10:59 PM
All of them! .......... Not a Bad Apple in the bunch!

The bigger dilemma would be at the range.....Oh which do I want to shoot first???

Too many .44 magnums.....not enough ammo....not enough daylight! :D

I voted Taurus, but you did not have a button for all of them, and secondly I have a Taurus 444. And it is a great gun and very fun to shoot! I particularly like the 8-3/8 ported barrel and factory grips with recoil insert, and at 63 ounces it is easy to shoot it all day!

I have owned all that are listed as well ..... and there just is not a down side to none of them....well maybe I will agree with Starter52 on prices of Anacondas......

PastorAaron
March 16, 2012, 11:07 PM
Love the Super Redhawk. Had a chance to put a bunch of rounds through one about a month back. Been longing for one ever since.

scott5
March 17, 2012, 01:28 AM
Hello all,
Where is the spot for the Dan Wesson?:D

Alaska444
March 17, 2012, 01:47 AM
Ruger Super Redhawk. It is the only one of your choices that can handle the hot, hot loads without a problem. Maybe not as pretty as some of the others, but if you are looking at no limitations on what can be shot with available ammo, go with the SRH.

el Godfather
March 17, 2012, 05:51 AM
I think Anaconda is now collectible for sure.

SRH is built tough for sure.

theicemanmpls
March 17, 2012, 07:14 AM
Taurus Raging Bull v S&W 629 v Ruger SRH v Colt Anaconda

The Colt stays behind glass and never gets shot. For me worthless. I collect old smith wheel guns but they all get shot. If someone don't need the colt, though, I will take it.

The S&W for the range, smaller big game, and of course SD.

The Ruger same has the S&W but can be loaded for big bear.

The taurus same has the S&W, and SRH, but no heavy stuff. That is, when it's not at factory repair center, or en-route to and from.

Just saying,,,,,

ColtPythonElite
March 17, 2012, 07:42 AM
My Anacondas get shot.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=161141&d=1331984374


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=161142&stc=1&d=1331984517

FloriDave
March 17, 2012, 10:06 AM
Super Redhawk for me. Very accurate, a great shooter. I've shot it for years at 7.5 inches for hunting, sometimes with scope. A few years ago I made it 4.5, removed billboard on side of barrels, fiber optic sight. Love this gun...
http://www.daveharper.com/Webpics/Guns/SRHCustom%20001.jpg
http://www.daveharper.com/Webpics/Guns/SRHCustom%20008.jpg
http://www.daveharper.com/Webpics/Guns/SRHholster7.jpg

tomrkba
March 17, 2012, 10:24 AM
Get the Super Redhawk. The trigger should be nice out of the box. Change the sights and stocks if you want; otherwise, it's ready to go.

I really like the Alaskan with 2.5" barrel. Nothing like a 44 Magnum snubbie!

mdauben
March 17, 2012, 04:02 PM
Taurus Raging Bull - Don't care for the "styling" of the gun, concerned about quality.

S&W 629 - Good looks, good performance, good reputation.

Ruger Super Redhawk - Excelent reputation but IMO ugly as sin.

Colt Anaconda - Excelent reputation but too expensive for my tastes.

Alaska444
March 17, 2012, 05:54 PM
Oh, so ugly only a mother could love it, but WOW what a performer!! Wouldn't trade mine for anything.

Steve in PA
March 17, 2012, 06:00 PM
What are your plans for the handgun? What barrel length??

For hunting, if you plan on scoping it, I would go with the Ruger Super Redhawk. I have one, and love it. My SRH has the 9 1/2" barrel.

If you don't want a scope, I would still go with a Ruger, this time a Super Blackhawk. I also have a SBH, with a 7 1/2" barrel. You could go shorter for a little easier carry.

Swing
March 17, 2012, 06:03 PM
All beauties, but the Colt Anaconda just has a certain something.

skidder
March 18, 2012, 03:40 AM
No experience with the Taurus or the SRH but I do have three DA .44 magnums
to choose from. I enjoy shooting the Colt the most. It's a little more muzzle heavy than the other two and doesn't seem to recoil as hard. The Redhawk has the best trigger and will take the heaviest loads. And I enjoy the 29 because it looks like a DA revolver should.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc240/DansCobra/Guns/BigThree001.jpg
Those are some fine weapons!
I will second your statement about the Redhawk trigger, very underrated. I've owned the 629 and currently own a Redhawk, and surprisingly the Redhawk had the better trigger.

Action_Can_Do
March 18, 2012, 10:47 AM
The Raging Bull and Super Red Hawk are far and away much stronger than the other choices. I've shot plenty of 454 casull through both of them and they're fine guns. The Smith isn't a bad choice but you can't fire the really potent loads through it. Anacondas are very nice looking guns but due to the difficulty of finding someone who can repair one and the price, I wouldn't even consider it in the running. Unless you want a showpiece that is. The Ruger and the Taurus are priced for the win as well. I would pic the Taurus personally because a. I've owned and shot enough Taurus revolvers to know that the bias against them is foolish bunk and b. in head to head testing, my Raging Bull proved able to handle hotter 454 casull loads than my friends Super Redhawk.

theicemanmpls
March 18, 2012, 08:53 PM
The Raging Bull and Super Red Hawk are far and away much stronger than the other choices. I've shot plenty of 454 casull through both of them and they're fine guns. The Smith isn't a bad choice but you can't fire the really potent loads through it. Anacondas are very nice looking guns but due to the difficulty of finding someone who can repair one and the price, I wouldn't even consider it in the running. Unless you want a showpiece that is. The Ruger and the Taurus are priced for the win as well. I would pic the Taurus personally because a. I've owned and shot enough Taurus revolvers to know that the bias against them is foolish bunk and b. in head to head testing, my Raging Bull proved able to handle hotter 454 casull loads than my friends Super Redhawk.
If you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig.

You may be very happy with your Tauri. It's performance may exceed your expectations. Good for you. You got a good one.

I would rather light off a pipe bomb before putting a hot load in the national firearm of Brazil.

Just one man's humble, and experienced opinion.

Nothing personal. Just don't trust the brand.

ClemY
March 18, 2012, 09:03 PM
I voted for the Super Redhawk. Mine is in .44 and was cut to 6, but if you are going to include an out of production gun like the Colt Anaconda, how about including the Dan Wesson 744? My 6 DW is the most accurate .44 I have.

ColtPythonElite
March 19, 2012, 12:44 AM
. Anacondas are very nice looking guns but due to the difficulty of finding someone who can repair one and the price, I wouldn't even consider it in the running. .


First, very little ever needs repaired on them. Secondly, Colt still works on DA revolvers. Third, lots of gunsmiths work on the later style Colt actions.

stevelyn
March 19, 2012, 03:30 AM
For the sake of the poll, I voted SRH, but I prefer the original Redhawk. Too much unnecessary bulk and metal in the SRH.

charlie echo
March 19, 2012, 11:33 PM
New:

prefer Ruger Redhawk, for a 44 RM.

Ruger Super Redhawk's sweet for 454 C.



Used:

Colt Anaconda

just for fun
March 20, 2012, 12:32 AM
The Smith, of course, the rest are running for second. Had a Red hawk, THAT was a mistake, Barrel leaded even with the mildest loads. Sold it for what I had in it, that was a great day. Never could really get past the cast frame and barrel thing. If nothing else, it taught me to stay with Smith's.

captain awesome
March 20, 2012, 01:34 AM
I voted Colt Anaconda, love mine, superbly accurate, and not bad looking to boot. I am quite fond of my 29-2, but you didn't include that in the running. I also quite enjoy my Dan Wesson 445 Super mag (shoots 44 mag also), but again, not in the running. My 629 gets sticking cases with loads that the others handle with ease. And I am talking loads that are well below max in all the reloading books. I have a Super Redhawk in 480 Ruger, that surprisingly can handle ridiculously hot loads despite the thin looking chamber walls. What ever they did, they did it right and I would bet the 44 is every bit as good. All of the revolvers I have mentioned are very accurate, and no matter which you choose, you will be happy, just don't plan on loading hot in the 629. I have yet to own anything from Taurus, but the Raging Bull is on the bucket list. Some day I will see how they compare, if I can ever bend my mind around those horribly ugly grips.

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